Our dogs are pack animals, they will respond and grow in social structure. Many insecure or fearful dogs feel this way because they don’t know where they are in the home or backpack. When they are confused about their role, how they should behave, and who they belong to, our dogs are not their best choice. Building a structure does not always mean advocating rule. A great way to establish a respectful, peaceful hierarchy in your family is to ask your dog to work for their food.
- Do not put the food bowl down
Eating is the dog’s maximum salary. Do not put dog food all day, so that they can eat it anytime, anywhere. This is a missed training opportunity, a missed opportunity to remind your dog that by providing meals, you are the one responsible for packaging health.
Lowering the food bowl may cause anxiety in the dog, which may also cause food and objects to be protected. A job that falls all day is a full-time job for dogs who tend to guard. Instead, pick up the bowl and give your puppy a chance to relax without worrying about where their meal is or who will steal it.
Lowering the food bowl also means that you don’t know exactly when the dog is eating or has a good appetite. If you don’t know when they eat, it is difficult to establish routine procedures or understand the dog’s restroom needs. Also, if your dog’s appetite is low, you won’t be able to know whether it is because they are feeling sick or because they know that the food is declining all day, and they can go back to eat at any time.
If you put down the dog’s bowl because you have a picky eater, the answer is simple; they are not hungry! When your dog leaves a meal that has never been eaten, pick up the bowl and place it on the floor to determine the boundaries and let your dog know that the eating time will not last a whole day. If your dog eats only half of the food and walks away, throw the other half away, or if it is dry kibbles, save it for the next meal. Once your dog realizes that he does not have a buffet all day, his metabolism will begin to regulate, his appetite will be restored, and it will begin to lick its bowls.
2. Ask your dog to “sit down” and “stay” before eating
By attaching commands such as “sit down” and “stay” during meal times, you can practice the dog’s obedience skills and maintain the highest state. For your dog, if you are in charge of food, then you must be the person in charge of the backpack. Following commands like “sit down” and “stay” can help your dog understand that they are working on their own food and that their meal is a reward.
“Sitting” while eating is also an excellent exercise for self-control.
If you practice “sitting” and “staying” before eating (starting with a short increase in the “sitting” time to help make the training experience positive and understandable), your dog will become an expert immediately. A dog with self-control ability is not only a dog with good behavior but also has good self-control ability. This is a safe dog. Knowing that your dog can sit down and wait until you release them, which means you can keep the dog away from potentially harmful situations, for example. Prevent animals from chasing horses.
If you have more than one dog, the feeding time can be messy. If the dog has good habits when sitting and waiting for food, then it can maintain an orderly routine that arouses respect and good behavior.
Take advantage of the opportunities presented by mealtimes. Putting down dog food can cause a variety of problems, which can be easily avoided by closing the buffet all day. Asking your dog to cook for his own food is the best way to maintain mealtime, determine your highest dog status and have one, two or three opportunities (depending on how many times your dog eats a day) the best way to train!
If you want to learn more about how to choose the right dog food and how to feed it, check out our article “Guide to Picking the Right Food for Your Dog”.